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9500.1243 BUDGETING.

Subpart 1.

Prospective budgeting.

A county agency shall use prospective budgeting to calculate the assistance payment amount for the first two months for an applicant who has not received general assistance for at least one payment month preceding the first month of payment under a current application, subject to items A to E.

A.

Income received or anticipated in the first month of program eligibility must be applied against the need of the first month. Income received or anticipated in the second month must be applied against the need of the second month.

B.

When the assistance payment for any part of the first two months is based on anticipated income, an initial assistance payment amount must be determined based on information available at the time the initial assistance payment is made. When the amount of actual countable income is different than the anticipated countable income which was budgeted to determine the assistance payment for the first two months, the assistance unit is liable for an overpayment or is eligible for a corrective payment for the difference between anticipated and actual countable income for those two months.

C.

The assistance payment for the first two months of program eligibility must be determined by budgeting both recurring and nonrecurring income for those two months.

D.

An assistance unit shall have the assistance payment amount determined prospectively according to items A to C if the assistance unit:

(1)

has had assistance suspended for a month as provided by part 9500.1233, subpart 2; and

(2)

has experienced a recurring change of at least $50 in net income in the month preceding the month of suspension or in the month of suspension.

E.

An individual who enters a facility with a negotiated rate or a shelter facility described in Minnesota Statutes, section 256D.05, subdivision 3, shall have an assistance payment determined prospectively from the date the individual entered the facility. Any income, including grants of public assistance, received by the individual before entering the facility must only be applied against the assistance unit's standard specified under part 9500.1231, subpart 2. Any assistance payments made to the individual beginning two months after the month the individual leaves the facility must be determined retrospectively according to subpart 2.

Subp. 2.

Retrospective budgeting.

Retrospective budgeting must be used to calculate the monthly assistance payment amount after the payment for the first two months has been made under subpart 1. Retrospective budgeting is subject to items A and B.

A.

Retrospective budgeting is used to determine the amount of the assistance payment in the first two months of program eligibility when:

(1)

an assistance unit applies for general assistance for the same month for which general assistance has been terminated, the interruption in eligibility is less than one payment month, and the general assistance payment for the immediately preceding month was determined retrospectively; or

(2)

a person applies to be added to an assistance unit, that assistance unit has received general assistance for at least two preceding months, and that person has been receiving general assistance for at least two months as a member of another assistance unit.

B.

Income received in the budget month by an assistance unit and by a filing unit member who is not included in the assistance unit must be applied against the standard of assistance to determine the assistance payment to be issued for the payment month, except as provided in subitems (1) to (4).

(1)

When a source of income ends before the third payment month, that income is not considered in calculation of the assistance payment for the third payment month. When a source of income ends before the fourth payment month, that income is not considered when determining the assistance payment for the fourth payment month.

(2)

When a member of a filing unit leaves the household of the assistance unit, the income of that member is not budgeted retrospectively for any full payment month in which that household member does not live with that household and is not included in the filing unit.

(3)

When a child is removed from an assistance unit because the child is no longer a dependent, the income of that child is not budgeted retrospectively for payment months in which that child is not included in the assistance unit.

(4)

When a person ceases to have financial responsibility for one or more members of an assistance unit, the income of that person is not budgeted retrospectively for the payment months which follow the month in which financial responsibility ends.

Subp. 3.

[Repealed, L 2011 1Sp9 art 9 s 19]

Subp. 4.

Correction of underpayments.

A county agency must correct an underpayment within seven calendar days after the underpayment has been identified, by adding the corrective payment amount to the monthly assistance payment or by issuing a separate payment to a current recipient. When an underpayment occurs in a payment month specified in subpart 1, and is not identified until the next payment month or later, that underpayment must first be subtracted from any overpayment balance before issuing the corrective payment. An underpayment for a current payment month must not be applied against an overpayment balance and payment must be issued within seven calendar days after the underpayment is identified.

Subp. 5.

Prohibition against use of general assistance grant to recover overpayment from other maintenance programs.

Subpart 4 applies only to overpayments or underpayments of assistance from the general assistance program. A county agency may not recover an overpayment by another maintenance benefit program from a general assistance grant.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.388; 256D.01; 256D.04; 256D.051; 256D.06; 256D.08; 256D.09; 256D.111

History:

15 SR 1842; 32 SR 1437; L 2011 1Sp9 art 9 s 19

Published Electronically:

October 16, 2013